The weather is getting warmer. With the arrival of April, we started to see the newly blooming flowers on the branches. Our inner energy is filled with happiness and peace as we look outside. Except for those who suffer from allergies, most of us love the spring and the hot weather. We leave the cocoons we built during winter with the warming of the weather. But shouldn’t we go out? Do we know what awaits us outside? This week, we will associate the connection between flu and water, which is the main source of our lives that we consume more during the warm weathers and relax by swimming. We will point out once again that it is possible to protect ourselves and our environment without causing panic or anxiety but consciously.

Water is the main source that keeps all biological life and all human activities alive, from the smallest living organism to the largest living creature. We need to pay attention to the source of water as much as we take care of its consumption. We know that the presence of various bacteria, viruses, and other pollutants in water causes many diseases. But did you know that the water we consume and is in the seas can cause stomach flu? Even more interesting, did you know that the human flu virus affects marine life? Let’s take a closer look at this issue!

Norovirus affects the stomach and intestines, causing gastroenteritis called the stomach flu.  Stomach flu is an inflammatory disease of the stomach, small and large intestines. Symptoms of stomach flu are nausea, vomiting, or cramping diarrhea. You can get an infection by consuming food or drink that is contaminated with the norovirus. Contagion occurs when the virus is transported by air to food, water, and surfaces. The main source of this epidemic is the consumption of shellfish grown in polluted waters. [1]

Although influenza viruses are not spread from person to person through the traditional food chain, this does not mean that human pandemic influenza virus precursors are not transmitted.  Waterfowls such as ducks, geese and swans around the world are reservoirs for all influenza A viruses. The virus is spread by the fecal-oral route in untreated water. Contamination through the exterior of untreated bird protein can occur through water or contamination. The transmission of avian influenza virus from reservoirs in wild waterfowl to domestic poultry and mammal species, including humans, can be prevented by treating or heating the water supply and bird protein sources with disinfectants. [2]

In 2011, a group of scientists discovered evidence of the same influenza virus (H1N1) that caused the swine flu virus (2009) in otters. None of the otters were visibly sick, but the presence of antibodies meant that the otters have been exposed to influenza before. Although influenza viruses have previously been found in other animals such as ducks, chickens, pigs, whales, and seals, this study shows that evidence of influenza has been detected for the first time in sea otters. These findings highlight the complex nature of the interspecies transmission of influenza viruses. [3]

Regardless of the subject, it always pays off to be cautious. It is now easy to secure not only ourselves but also our environment! FluAI is with you anytime, anywhere with its easy use. Just a click away download from the google play store and app store. FluAI protects you and all your loved ones with its quick analysis and personal, reliable recommendations.


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